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Please help! My rhynchostylis has dried roots and red leaves.

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    Question Please help! My rhynchostylis has dried roots and red leaves.

    Just last month while purchasing cattleyas, the lady seller gave me a rhynchostylis for free! (I really don't know the subspecie. I asked the lady but she was clueless). The thing is the rhynchostylis is reddish in color and the roots were drying up.

    I wanted to salvage it since this type of orchid is rare in our place. I don't know how I can save it. Can anyone please help me?

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    posting a photo would help. rhynchostylis as a genus resents repotting and would have to be careful. I would suggest rain water and some seaweed extract to promote rooting and provide a lot of humidity.

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    Thank you very much for the suggestion! I don't know how to post a photo yet. I will try to post a photo once I learn how.

    It was bareroot when I received it, hence I did not repot it. When it was given to me, a small root, the only root which seemed alive, is about an inch...it had a brown tip, so I didn't want to do something drastic which could kill its last root.
    I chose to hang the plant using chicken wire under a tree. (I think what I did is stupid but the lady told me NOT to use any potting medium so that root rot will be avoided.)

    I water it with rain water every other day. I don't think seaweed extract is available around our place but if I can find some, I will try it.

    Any tips on how I could provide a lot of humidity? Since I hanged the rhynchostylis below a tree, I am not so sure if it is receiving a lot of humidity.

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    I am not much of a photographer and I took this using my phone. Please forgive the quality.
    The red leaves fell off earlier and the rhynchostylis only had 4 remaining shriveled leaves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    I would suggest rain water and some seaweed extract to promote rooting and provide a lot of humidity.

    Really have to thank you for this suggestion... Last time I checked the rhynchostylis, it developed 2 new roots!

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    Red leaves is a sign of too much sun exposure. It needs a rooting hormone for sure, partial shade, and as soon as roots start to grow I would place it in soil/bark until it is strong enough to mount.

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    Thanks!
    I already placed the rhyn in a shaded area (underneath a tree branch), the roots seemed to be growing quite well. I am planning to mount it on a bark, which hopefully will be soon enough.
    The problem that I had encountered recently is that two of its leaves began to shrivel and turn a bit yellow. Does it had to do something with the temperature?
    I'm living in a tropical country and the weather here is getting really hot (the hottest that we have so far was 94 degrees fahrenheit).
    will watering daily help keep the rhyn alive?

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    if it is grown bare root. you will have to water/mist them daily.

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    Thanks! I am growing it bare root for now. I'll see if it can recover.

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